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Atlanta Festivals 2006

Our Atlanta Festival recap for 2006

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Atlanta is blessed with an amazing array of festivals and fairs that happen all year round. Below is our coverage of the big Festivals in Atlanta in 2006.

If you are looking for things to do this weekend, today or tomorrow. See our handy guide to the 5 things to do in Atlanta today. We've got critics and reader recommendations for live music, food and wine events, sports, free or those for the family. For a list of neighborhood centric-events or our page of Things to Do in ATL.

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• Yun Bai, an Atlanta artist profiled in the Creative Loafing feature "Flower of My Secret" in March 2003, has been selected by the Los Angeles alternative newspaper L.A. Weekly in its Jan. 6-12 edition as the top pick in a list of "10 Emerging Artists" by critic Peter Frank. Frank, however, mistakenly identifies Bai as a "New York transplant."       0,0,10    "atlanta film festival"  13018624 1255283                          IMAGE names new festival director "
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CITY STAGES

Birmingham's big bash occurs June 16-18 this year and features the following: Marty Stuart, Hank Williams Jr., Yellowcard, John Hiatt and the Allman Brothers Band, plus about 120-something other acts. It's quite worth the money, too ($28-$40), considering that most of these acts would charge you the same (if not more) individually. www.citystages.org.

W.C. HANDY MUSIC FESTIVAL

The father of the blues may be long gone, but his legacy remains. W.C. Handy, born in Florence, Ala., (of the musically historic Muscle Shoals area), is honored every year with the W.C. Handy Music Festival — known as "Handy Fest" to some. The fest takes place July 23-29 and features performers such as this year's headliner, Ellis Marsalis Jr. Ticket prices vary. www.wchandymusicfestival.org.

FLORIDA

LANGERADO

This early-March festival attracted some class-A talent for the 2006 edition, with headliners like the Flaming Lips and Wilco. The hangovers are still slowly going away, so who knows what's planned for next year over in Sunrise? There doubtless will be a ton of bands vying for a spot in the sun. www.langerado.com.

WINTER MUSIC CONFERENCE

This hipper-than-hip dance/electronica get-together goes down every March in Miami — where else? There are countless panels and performances for what is maybe the most important American confluence of cutting-edge electronic talent. Hell, even the hotel lobby has DJs scheduled for the entire time. You've got plenty of time to start working out now for 2007: A lot of this shit happens pool-side. www.wmcon.com.

SUWANNEE SPRINGFEST

This late-March festival in Live Oak spotlights the best of the best in the rural arts. Genres range from country to folk to bluegrass. This past year, highlights were Béla Fleck & the Flecktones and crunchy country-rock dudes Daddy. Just keep your Birkenstocks handy for 2007. www.magmusic.com.

TROPICAL HEATWAVE

May 20 is the date. The Cuban Club in Ybor City's the venue. This gathering, brought to us by the good folks at WMNF-FM (88.5), has an immense list of national and local artists of all styles. Included in the rundown? Summerbirds in the Cellar, a band so good we had to pick them as one of our Bands to Watch. See if they make your list. www.tropicalheatwave.org.

CLEARWATER JAZZ HOLIDAY

The lineup to this year's festival in Coachman Park is under airtight security until August, meaning we can only speculate about what jazzbos might be in town. The event goes down Oct. 19-22 and is — no shit — free to the public. Hit up the website come August and start planning your fall. www.clearwaterjazz.com.

FLORIDA FOLK FESTIVAL

This yearly event brings in an astounding amount of Floridian and national folk talent for a weekend of campin' 'n' pickin'. Everything goes down May 27-28 for this year's — the 54th — installment. Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park is the host, in a beautiful spot out in the middle of nowhere. Tickets will run you $15-$20 for a day and $35-$40 for the weekend. www.floridastateparks.org/folkfest.

FLORIDA MUSIC FESTIVAL

Downtown Orlando gets rocked by a (hopefully metaphorical) hurricane May 17-20 with this industry-heavy showcase spread over 15 local venues. Artist applications are still being sifted through, meaning even the promoters don't know who's going to show up yet. If a reason to visit Orlando exists, this might be it. www.floridamusicfestival.com.

JVC JAZZ FESTIVAL

Miami Beach gets a taste of this festival, which actually makes a handful of stops around the country. Everything goes down June 1-5. The lineup includes mostly crowd-pleasing types. The nice thing about it? Instead of paying one large all-week fee, you can pick and choose which shows to check out. www.festivalproductions.net.

GEORGIA

THE ATLANTA JAZZ FESTIVAL

For 31 days in May, eclectic jazz artists take over a variety of venues around town. The festival wraps up with an outdoor concert series and competition held Memorial Day weekend (May 27-29) in Piedmont Park. Most shows are free, but tickets for shows at Chastain Park and Spivey Hall must be purchased at the venues' box office or website. www.atlantafestivals.com.

BLIND WILLIE MCTELL BLUES FESTIVAL

For the 13th year, on May 20, the town of Thomson celebrates the legacy of Blind Willie McTell, the great blues guitarist born there in 1901. This year's lineup includes Georgia native and Allmans/Rolling Stone pianist Chuck Leavell, the Randall Bramblett Band, Sean Costello and more. Tickets will cost $20 in advance and $25 at the gate. www.blindwillie.com.

KENTUCKY

W.C. HANDY BLUES AND BARBECUE FESTIVAL

Also celebrating the great bluesman W.C. Handy, the town of Henderson hosts a weeklong blues cookout and concert from June 10-17. Peppering the lineup are acts such as Bettye LaVette, Joe Bonamassa, Wayne Baker Brooks, Ian Siegel Band, the Tommy Castro Band and more. Admission is free. www.handyblues.org.

LOUISIANA

NEW ORLEANS JAZZ & HERITAGE FESTIVAL

Not even one of the biggest natural disasters in America's history can stop the Crescent City's best-known music shindig. Count on another eclectic world-class lineup at this year's two-weekend installment (April 28-30 and May 5-7). Advertised performers thus far include: Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, Bruce Springsteen (fronting the Seeger Sessions Band), Dave Matthews Band, Etta James, Herbie Hancock, Keith Urban, Juvenile and a host of others. Tickets are $30 in advance and $40 at the gate for each weekend. www.nojazzfest.com.

VOODOO MUSIC EXPERIENCE

This more modern, rock-heavy fest was forced to split its two days between New Orleans and Memphis in 2005, its seventh year. That even half of the annual Halloween-weekend blowout went down in its hometown qualifies as an unmitigated triumph, however. Voodoo '05 happened just two months after Hurricane Katrina rendered much of the Big Easy uninhabitable, and still boasted the combination of big names (Nine Inch Nails, Queens of the Stone Age, the Bravery, Digable Planets, etc.) and beloved local talent for which it has become known. Details for this year's festival haven't yet been posted, but event producer Stephen Rehage has reportedly said it's a go for '06; check the website for emerging details. www.voodoomusicfest.com.

MISSISSIPPI

JUBILEE!JAM

Jackson welcomes all kinds of local and regional artists to the downtown stage June 17-18. There's definitely a focus on grimy, down-home tunes, but some college rock is in the mix as well. This is the festival's 19th edition and the list of past performers is a veritable who's who. North Mississippi Allstars, appropriately enough, is the anchor this year. www.mississippi.gov.

VICKSBURG RIVERFEST

John Lee Hooker Jr. headlines this combination of arts and crafts and music April 21-22. Vicksburg is situated on the lovely banks of the Mississippi River, making it a perfect spot for some outdoor grub and dancing. www.mississippi.gov.

NORTH CAROLINA

BELE CHERE FESTIVAL

Thrown amid the amiably earthy freak show that is Asheville, Bele Chere bills itself as "the Southeast's largest free street festival." Translation: They've got all the incense. In addition to the usual arts, crafts, goods and services, Bele Chere also boasts an impressive musical lineup. While the bill for this year's festival — scheduled for July 28-30 — has yet to be announced, the 2005 party featured more than 60 acts on a jam-heavy schedule that included the Marshall Tucker Band, the Codetalkers, Drive-By Truckers, Susan Tedeschi and John Hiatt & the North Mississippi Allstars, to name but a few. www.belecherefestival.com.

SMILEFEST

This weekend-long (June 2-4) jam and progressive-roots fest is on its 12th year, and continues to offer the sort of lineup that college heads, Americana/Appalachia fans and musical omnivores alike can't ignore. This time around, the Yonder Mountain String Band, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Keller Williams and Larry Keel are among the top attractions. www.smilefest.com.

EASTERN MUSIC FESTIVAL

Last year's program for this month-plus-long (June 24July 30 this year), pan-stylistic schedule of more than 70 concerts included such disparate artists as Branford Marsalis, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Bela Fleck, the Iguanas, Los Straitjackets and Christopher O'Riley, as well as more than 300 others from classical to pop to world beat. They might be cheating a bit when they call this Greensboro to-do a festival  it's more of a series — but it does bring the goods. All. Month. Long. This year's schedule has yet to be posted, so hit the website toward the end of April. www.easternmusicfestival.com.

MERLEFEST

Named after legendary country/roots musician Merle Watson, MerleFest offers a generation- and genre-crossing mix of traditional and contemporary roots music, bringing together the very best of bluegrass, contemporary acoustic, Celtic, blues, folk, old-time, Cajun, jazz, and singer/songwriter music, along with traditional dance and crafts. This year's installment, held at Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, takes place April 27-30. www.merlefest.org.

SOUTH CAROLINA

3 RIVERS MUSIC FESTIVAL

This three-day (April 21-23) downtown Columbia affair is put on by a nonprofit organization, and run by volunteers — proceeds go back into the festival's budget every year in the hope of creating a self-perpetuating event. It's also one of the most eclectic and populist gigs on this list, featuring everything from hard rock (Shinedown) to singer/songwriter fare (Delbert McClinton) to country (Shooter Jennings, Nickel Creek) to classic rock (Styx). www.3riversmusicfestival.org.

SOUTH CAROLINA STATE

BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL

If you're looking for good bluegrass, it really doesn't matter which Carolina you hit up — it seems many recognizable names make the scene at nearly every 'grass fest in both of 'em. Ralph Stanley & the Clinch Mountain Boys, Ronnie Reno & the Reno Tradition, Marty Raybon and Cherryholmes are among this event's headliners. As a bonus, it's held late in the year (Nov. 23-25), in case you just hate it when it's sticky. www.aandabluegrass.com.

TENNESSEE

BONNAROO MUSIC FESTIVAL

As a gem in the crown of our nation's stupidly named music fests (see Coachella, Langerado, Lollapalooza), Bonnaroo has become one of the safest bets for those who wonder: Is paying $184.50 for tickets, plus the $15 service fee, plus the dangers of contracting hepatitis from the portable toilets really worth it? To answer your question, ponder how much you love Radiohead, Tom Petty, Beck, Elvis Costello, Bright Eyes, Oysterhead and too many other top-shelf bands to list, and let your conscience be your guide. The three-day fest (June 16-18), as always, takes place in tiny Manchester, Tenn., and camping is included in the ticket price. www.bonnaroo.com.

RITES OF SPRING

Vanderbilt University produces some top-notch grads. Apparently, it's now producing some top-notch music fests as well. April 21-22, on the Alumni Lawn of the Nashville university's campus, hear Ben Folds, Secret Machines, My Morning Jacket and — for reasons we can't understand — mid-1990s chart-topping rap group Bone Thugs-N-Harmony. Maybe concert organizers don't want Rites of Spring to be just another rock-centric affair? Who knows. Tickets cost $25-$50. www.ritesofspring.com.

BEALE STREET MUSIC FESTIVAL

Memphis is, like Nashville, a town whose name is synonymous with good music. Elvis aside, R&B made Memphis (Booker T. Jones, Aretha Franklin and, um, Justin Timberlake all hail from there). This year's Beale Street Music Festival is a bit more diverse, offering tasty tuneage from pop-star-in-the-making Jason Mraz, plus usual suspects like Memphis native sons Big Star and the Bar-Kays. Canadian export Bryan Adams is also on the bill. Tickets cost $49.50 and the fest runs May 5-7. www.memphisinmay.org.

VIRGINIA

VERIZON WIRELESS AMERICAN

MUSIC FESTIVAL

The Virginia Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau website touts this yearly four-day, 10-stage beachside party as "the premiere musical event on the East Coast!" We don't know about all that — past performers include Hootie & the Blowfish, LeAnn Rimes, Goo Goo Dolls and Kansas — but this will be the 11th time Verizon has put a ton of mainstream-friendly national and local rock, pop, country and blues acts on the sand. For more information on this year's installment, check www.vbfun.com.

HAMPTON JAZZ FESTIVAL

This annual series of shows is a bit pricey at $50 per performance, but the Hampton Jazz Festival has a reputation for putting big names on stage. This year, for instance, features headliners Maze, B.B. King and Toni Braxton from June 23-25. www.hamptoncoliseum.org/jazz.

ELLA FITZGERALD MUSIC FESTIVAL

Now settled into its new home at Christopher Newport University's Ferguson Center in Newport News, Va., this annual to-do serves as both entertainment and education for jazz fans. For 2006, the event features appearances by Branford Marsalis, Patti Austin & the Count Basie Orchestra, CNU Jazz Ensembles and more, and runs April 5-8. Ticket prices vary; for more information, go to www.cnu.edu/fergusoncenter.

THE REST OF THE BEST

· BAYFEST. Oct. 6-8. Blues, rock, pop. Downtown Mobile. www.bayfest.com.

· PENSACOLA JAZZFEST. Early April. Jazz. Seville Square, Pensacola. Free. www.jazzpensacola.com.

· RIVERHAWK MUSIC FESTIVAL. Nov. 9-12. Country, folk, blues. Sertoma Ranch, Brooksville. www.lindentertainment.com.

· SARASOTA BLUES FESTIVAL. Oct. 28. Sarasota Fairgrounds, Sarasota. $17-$22. www.sarasotabluesfest.com.

· SARASOTA JAZZ FESTIVAL. Early April. Jazz. Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, Sarasota. $32-$50 (per show); $250 (festival pass). www.vanwezel.org.

· SUNFEST. May 4-7. Rock, pop, reggae, southern rock. Flagler Drive, West Palm Beach. $17-$20 (per day), $35-$40 (full passes). www.sunfest.com.

· SUWANNEE RIVER JAM. April 20-22. Country. Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park, Live Oak. $125-$200. www.suwanneeriverjam.com.

· SUWANNEE RIVER JUBILEE. June 14-17. Gospel. Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park, Live Oak. $10 (per night), $25 (pass). www.stweartvarnado.com/suwannee.html.

· TAMPA BAY BLUES FEST. May 5-7. Blues. Vinoy Waterfront Park, St. Petersburg. $50. www.tampabaybluesfest.com.

· THE FEST. Late fall. Punk, indie rock. Various venues, Gainesville. Lineup and tickets to be announced. www.thefestfl.com.

· BEAR ON THE SQUARE FESTIVAL. April 21-23. Bluegrass and old-time. Historic Public Square, Dahlonega. Free outdoor events. www.dahlonega.org.

· ATHENS HUMAN RIGHTS FESTIVAL. May 6-7. Political activists and musicians in a festival without corporate sponsorship. Downtown Athens. www.athenshumanrightsfest.org.

· ATHFEST. June 21-25. Indie rock. Downtown Athens. Free. www.athfest.com

· NATIONAL BLACK ARTS FESTIVAL. July 14-23. Jazz, world. Various Atlanta venues. www.nbaf.org.

· GEORGIA MUSIC HALL OF FAME 10-YEAR ANNIVERSARY GALA. Sept. 21-23. Three days of Georgia musicians. Georgia Music Hall of Fame, Macon. Free. www.gamusichall.com.

· ATLANTIS MUSIC CONFERENCE. Oct. 4-7. Primarily rock showcase with industry conference. Various Atlanta venues. www.atlantismusic.com.

· PICKIN' FOR MEMORY. June 22-24. Bluegrass. Sparta. $10-$35. www.nkbma.com.

· POPPY MOUNTAIN BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL. Sept. 12-16. Bluegrass/newgrass. Moorehead. $15-$90. www.poppymountainbluegrass.com.

· COUNTRY STAMPEDE. June 22-25. Country. Sparta. $45-$200. www.countrystampede.com.

· FRENCH QUARTER FESTIVAL. April 21-23. Jazz, Dixieland, Zydeco. French Quarter, New Orleans. $50-$60. www.frenchquarterfestival.com.

· MOFEST. April 28-30, May 5-6. Jazz, R&B, blues — all New Orleans artists. Woldenberg Park, New Orleans. Free. www.realneworleansmusic.com.

· BREAUX BRIDGE CRAWFISH FESTIVAL. First weekend of May. Cajun/Zydeco. Parc Hardy, Breaux Bridge. $5-$10 (daily), or $15 (three-day pass). www.bbcrawfest.com.

· MUDBUG MADNESS. Memorial Day weekend. Cajun, Zydeco. Festival Plaza, Shreveport. $3-$5. www.mudbugmadness.com.

· SATCHMO SUMMERFEST. Aug. 3-6. Jazz. Old U.S. Mint, French Quarter, New Orleans. Free. www.satchmosummerfestival.com.

· COLISEUM CRAWFISH FESTIVAL. April 20-23, April 27-30. Country. Mississippi Coast Coliseum, Biloxi. $10. www.mscoastcoliseum.com/crawfish_fest_06.htm.

· MISSISSIPPI DELTA BLUES & HERITAGE FESTIVAL. Sept. 15-17. Blues. Delta Blues Festival Park, Greenville. $15-$20. www.deltablues.org.

· SUNFLOWER RIVER BLUES AND GOSPEL FESTIVAL. Aug. 11-13. Blues, gospel. Civic Auditorium, Clarksdale. www.sunflowerfest.org.

· TUPELO ELVIS FESTIVAL. June 2-4. Rock. Tupelo Fairgrounds, Tupelo. www.tupeloelvisfestival.com.

· REDBUD BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL. April 13-16. Bluegrass. Saxapahaw. www.redbudfestival.4t.com.

· SHAKORI HILLS GRASSROOTS FESTIVAL. April 20-23. Jam, roots, jazz. Shakori Hills, Silk Hope. $15-$30 (daily), $65 (four-day pass). www.shakorihills.org.

· MAYFEST. May 12-13. Roots, bluegrass, jam. Smith Mountain Acoustic Revival Theatre, Connelly Springs. $17-$20. www.charlottesmusic.com.

· LAKE EDEN ARTS FESTIVAL. May 12-14, Oct. 20-22. Roots, R&B, country, world beat. Camp Rockmont, Black Mountain. www.theleaf.com.

· NORTH CAROLINA STATE BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL. June 15-17. Bluegrass. Happy Holiday Campground, Cherokee. $30-$35 (daily), $75-$85 (three-day pass). www.aandabluegrass.com.

· CARNAVAL CAROLINA. June 18. Largest Hispanic festival on the East Coast. Metrolina Expo, Charlotte. www.carnavalcarolina.com.

· APPALACHIAN SUMMER FESTIVAL. July 1-29. Roots, jazz, bluegrass, classical. Appalachian State University, Boone. www.appsummer.org.

· MUSICFEST 'N SUGAR GROVE. July 14-15. Bluegrass, blues, old-time, Americana. Historic Cove Creek School Grounds, Boone. www.covecreek.net.

· CHEROKEE BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL. Aug. 17-19. Top-notch bluegrass including Ralph Stanley, the Del McCoury Band, Rhonda Vincent. Happy Holiday Campground, Cherokee. $30-$35 (daily), $75-$85 (three-day pass). www.aandabluegrass.com.

· INTERNATIONAL FOLK FESTIVAL. Sept. 24. Indigenous music from 30-plus countries. Downtown Fayetteville. Free. www.fayettevillenc.com.

· RHOLETTER'S BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL. April 27-29. Bluegrass. Apple Valley Music Park, Long Creek. $8-$15 (daily), $30 (three-day pass). www.rholettersbluegrass.com.

· RIVERTOWN JAZZ & ARTS FESTIVAL. May 6. Jazz, blues. Downtown Conway. Free. www.conwaymainstreet.com.

· AIKEN BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL. May 12-13. Bluegrass, roots. Downtown Aiken. www.aikenbluegrassfestival.org.

· ALBINO SKUNK BLUEGRASS. Oct. 6-7. Bluegrass, roots, jazz. Private property outside Greer. $16-$30 (daily), $40 (two-day pass). www.albinoskunk.com.

· DOWNTOWN BLUES & ART FESTIVAL. Oct. 5-7. Blues. Downtown Rock Hill. www.southfest.com/southcarolina.shtml.

· RIVERBEND FESTIVAL. June 9-17. Country, roots, R&B. Downtown Chattanooga. $27-$36 per concert. www.riverbendfestival.com.

· RALPH STANLEY FESTIVAL. May 25-27. Big bluegrass names. Hills of Home Park, Coeburn. www.drralphstanley.com/events/festival/index.shtml.

· VIRGINIA BLUES & JAZZ FESTIVAL. June 9-10. Carla Cook, Buckwheat Zydeco, Corey Harris. Garth Newel Music Center, Warm Springs. www.garthnewel.org.

· NORFOLK JAZZ FESTIVAL. July 14-15. Jazz. Two Point Park, Norfolk. www.festeventsva.org.

· BLUES AT THE BEACH. Sept. 15-17. Local, regional and national blues artists. Beachstreet Palladium, Virginia Beach. www.vbfun.com."
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CITY STAGES

Birmingham's big bash occurs June 16-18 this year and features the following: Marty Stuart, Hank Williams Jr., Yellowcard, John Hiatt and the Allman Brothers Band, plus about 120-something other acts. It's quite worth the money, too ($28-$40), considering that most of these acts would charge you the same (if not more) individually. [http://www.citystages.org/|www.citystages.org].

W.C. HANDY MUSIC FESTIVAL

The father of the blues may be long gone, but his legacy remains. W.C. Handy, born in Florence, Ala., (of the musically historic Muscle Shoals area), is honored every year with the W.C. Handy Music Festival -- known as "Handy Fest" to some. The fest takes place July 23-29 and features performers such as this year's headliner, Ellis Marsalis Jr. Ticket prices vary. [http://www.wchandymusicfestival.org/|www.wchandymusicfestival.org].

__FLORIDA__

LANGERADO

This early-March festival attracted some class-A talent for the 2006 edition, with headliners like the Flaming Lips and Wilco. The hangovers are still slowly going away, so who knows what's planned for next year over in Sunrise? There doubtless will be a ton of bands vying for a spot in the sun. [http://www.langerado.com/|www.langerado.com].

WINTER MUSIC CONFERENCE

This hipper-than-hip dance/electronica get-together goes down every March in Miami -- where else? There are countless panels and performances for what is maybe the most important American confluence of cutting-edge electronic talent. Hell, even the hotel lobby has DJs scheduled for the entire time. You've got plenty of time to start working out now for 2007: A lot of this shit happens pool-side. [http://www.wmcon.com/|www.wmcon.com].

SUWANNEE SPRINGFEST

This late-March festival in Live Oak spotlights the best of the best in the rural arts. Genres range from country to folk to bluegrass. This past year, highlights were Béla Fleck & the Flecktones and crunchy country-rock dudes Daddy. Just keep your Birkenstocks handy for 2007. [http://www.magmusic.com/|www.magmusic.com].

TROPICAL HEATWAVE

May 20 is the date. The Cuban Club in Ybor City's the venue. This gathering, brought to us by the good folks at WMNF-FM (88.5), has an immense list of national and local artists of all styles. Included in the rundown? Summerbirds in the Cellar, a band so good we had to pick them as one of our Bands to Watch. See if they make your list. [http://www.tropicalheatwave.org/|www.tropicalheatwave.org].

CLEARWATER JAZZ HOLIDAY

The lineup to this year's festival in Coachman Park is under airtight security until August, meaning we can only speculate about what jazzbos might be in town. The event goes down Oct. 19-22 and is -- no shit -- free to the public. Hit up the website come August and start planning your fall. [http://www.clearwaterjazz.com/|www.clearwaterjazz.com].

FLORIDA FOLK FESTIVAL

This yearly event brings in an astounding amount of Floridian and national folk talent for a weekend of campin' 'n' pickin'. Everything goes down May 27-28 for this year's -- the 54th -- installment. Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park is the host, in a beautiful spot out in the middle of nowhere. Tickets will run you $15-$20 for a day and $35-$40 for the weekend. [http://www.floridastateparks.org/folkfest|www.floridastateparks.org/folkfest].

FLORIDA MUSIC FESTIVAL

Downtown Orlando gets rocked by a (hopefully metaphorical) hurricane May 17-20 with this industry-heavy showcase spread over 15 local venues. Artist applications are still being sifted through, meaning even the promoters don't know who's going to show up yet. If a reason to visit Orlando exists, this might be it. [http://www.floridamusicfestival.com/|www.floridamusicfestival.com].

JVC JAZZ FESTIVAL

Miami Beach gets a taste of this festival, which actually makes a handful of stops around the country. Everything goes down June 1-5. The lineup includes mostly crowd-pleasing types. The nice thing about it? Instead of paying one large all-week fee, you can pick and choose which shows to check out. [http://www.festivalproductions.net/|www.festivalproductions.net].

__GEORGIA__

THE ATLANTA JAZZ FESTIVAL

For 31 days in May, eclectic jazz artists take over a variety of venues around town. The festival wraps up with an outdoor concert series and competition held Memorial Day weekend (May 27-29) in Piedmont Park. Most shows are free, but tickets for shows at Chastain Park and Spivey Hall must be purchased at the venues' box office or website. [http://www.atlantafestivals.com/|www.atlantafestivals.com].

BLIND WILLIE MCTELL BLUES FESTIVAL

For the 13th year, on May 20, the town of Thomson celebrates the legacy of Blind Willie McTell, the great blues guitarist born there in 1901. This year's lineup includes Georgia native and Allmans/Rolling Stone pianist Chuck Leavell, the Randall Bramblett Band, Sean Costello and more. Tickets will cost $20 in advance and $25 at the gate. [http://www.blindwillie.com/|www.blindwillie.com].

__KENTUCKY__

W.C. HANDY BLUES AND BARBECUE FESTIVAL

Also celebrating the great bluesman W.C. Handy, the town of Henderson hosts a weeklong blues cookout and concert from June 10-17. Peppering the lineup are acts such as Bettye LaVette, Joe Bonamassa, Wayne Baker Brooks, Ian Siegel Band, the Tommy Castro Band and more. Admission is free. [http://www.handyblues.org/|www.handyblues.org].

__LOUISIANA__

NEW ORLEANS JAZZ & HERITAGE FESTIVAL

Not even one of the biggest natural disasters in America's history can stop the Crescent City's best-known music shindig. Count on another eclectic world-class lineup at this year's two-weekend installment (April 28-30 and May 5-7). Advertised performers thus far include: Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, Bruce Springsteen (fronting the Seeger Sessions Band), Dave Matthews Band, Etta James, Herbie Hancock, Keith Urban, Juvenile and a host of others. Tickets are $30 in advance and $40 at the gate for each weekend. [http://www.nojazzfest.com/|www.nojazzfest.com].

VOODOO MUSIC EXPERIENCE

This more modern, rock-heavy fest was forced to split its two days between New Orleans and Memphis in 2005, its seventh year. That even half of the annual Halloween-weekend blowout went down in its hometown qualifies as an unmitigated triumph, however. Voodoo '05 happened just two months after Hurricane Katrina rendered much of the Big Easy uninhabitable, and still boasted the combination of big names (Nine Inch Nails, Queens of the Stone Age, the Bravery, Digable Planets, etc.) and beloved local talent for which it has become known. Details for this year's festival haven't yet been posted, but event producer Stephen Rehage has reportedly said it's a go for '06; check the website for emerging details. [http://www.voodoomusicfest.com/|www.voodoomusicfest.com].

__MISSISSIPPI__

JUBILEE!JAM

Jackson welcomes all kinds of local and regional artists to the downtown stage June 17-18. There's definitely a focus on grimy, down-home tunes, but some college rock is in the mix as well. This is the festival's 19th edition and the list of past performers is a veritable who's who. North Mississippi Allstars, appropriately enough, is the anchor this year. [http://www.mississippi.gov/|www.mississippi.gov].

VICKSBURG RIVERFEST

John Lee Hooker Jr. headlines this combination of arts and crafts and music April 21-22. Vicksburg is situated on the lovely banks of the Mississippi River, making it a perfect spot for some outdoor grub and dancing. [http://www.mississippi.gov/|www.mississippi.gov].

__NORTH CAROLINA__

BELE CHERE FESTIVAL

Thrown amid the amiably earthy freak show that is Asheville, Bele Chere bills itself as "the Southeast's largest free street festival." Translation: They've got all the incense. In addition to the usual arts, crafts, goods and services, Bele Chere also boasts an impressive musical lineup. While the bill for this year's festival -- scheduled for July 28-30 -- has yet to be announced, the 2005 party featured more than 60 acts on a jam-heavy schedule that included the Marshall Tucker Band, the Codetalkers, Drive-By Truckers, Susan Tedeschi and John Hiatt & the North Mississippi Allstars, to name but a few. [http://www.belecherefestival.com/|www.belecherefestival.com].

SMILEFEST

This weekend-long (June 2-4) jam and progressive-roots fest is on its 12th year, and continues to offer the sort of lineup that college heads, Americana/Appalachia fans and musical omnivores alike can't ignore. This time around, the Yonder Mountain String Band, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Keller Williams and Larry Keel are among the top attractions. [http://www.smilefest.com/|www.smilefest.com].

EASTERN MUSIC FESTIVAL

Last year's program for this month-plus-long (June 24--July 30 this year), pan-stylistic schedule of more than 70 concerts included such disparate artists as Branford Marsalis, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Bela Fleck, the Iguanas, Los Straitjackets and Christopher O'Riley, as well as more than 300 others from classical to pop to world beat. They might be cheating a bit when they call this Greensboro to-do a festival -- it's more of a series -- but it does bring the goods. All. Month. Long. This year's schedule has yet to be posted, so hit the website toward the end of April. [http://www.easternmusicfestival.com/|www.easternmusicfestival.com].

MERLEFEST

Named after legendary country/roots musician Merle Watson, MerleFest offers a generation- and genre-crossing mix of traditional and contemporary roots music, bringing together the very best of bluegrass, contemporary acoustic, Celtic, blues, folk, old-time, Cajun, jazz, and singer/songwriter music, along with traditional dance and crafts. This year's installment, held at Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, takes place April 27-30. [http://www.merlefest.org/|www.merlefest.org].

__SOUTH CAROLINA__

3 RIVERS MUSIC FESTIVAL

This three-day (April 21-23) downtown Columbia affair is put on by a nonprofit organization, and run by volunteers -- proceeds go back into the festival's budget every year in the hope of creating a self-perpetuating event. It's also one of the most eclectic and populist gigs on this list, featuring everything from hard rock (Shinedown) to singer/songwriter fare (Delbert McClinton) to country (Shooter Jennings, Nickel Creek) to classic rock (Styx). [http://www.3riversmusicfestival.org/|www.3riversmusicfestival.org].

SOUTH CAROLINA STATE

BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL

If you're looking for good bluegrass, it really doesn't matter which Carolina you hit up -- it seems many recognizable names make the scene at nearly every 'grass fest in both of 'em. Ralph Stanley & the Clinch Mountain Boys, Ronnie Reno & the Reno Tradition, Marty Raybon and Cherryholmes are among this event's headliners. As a bonus, it's held late in the year (Nov. 23-25), in case you just hate it when it's sticky. [http://www.aandabluegrass.com/|www.aandabluegrass.com].

__TENNESSEE__

BONNAROO MUSIC FESTIVAL

As a gem in the crown of our nation's stupidly named music fests (see Coachella, Langerado, Lollapalooza), Bonnaroo has become one of the safest bets for those who wonder: Is paying $184.50 for tickets, plus the $15 service fee, plus the dangers of contracting hepatitis from the portable toilets really worth it? To answer your question, ponder how much you love Radiohead, Tom Petty, Beck, Elvis Costello, Bright Eyes, Oysterhead and too many other top-shelf bands to list, and let your conscience be your guide. The three-day fest (June 16-18), as always, takes place in tiny Manchester, Tenn., and camping is included in the ticket price. [http://www.bonnaroo.com/|www.bonnaroo.com].

RITES OF SPRING

Vanderbilt University produces some top-notch grads. Apparently, it's now producing some top-notch music fests as well. April 21-22, on the Alumni Lawn of the Nashville university's campus, hear Ben Folds, Secret Machines, My Morning Jacket and -- for reasons we can't understand -- mid-1990s chart-topping rap group Bone Thugs-N-Harmony. Maybe concert organizers don't want Rites of Spring to be just another rock-centric affair? Who knows. Tickets cost $25-$50. [http://www.ritesofspring.com/|www.ritesofspring.com].

BEALE STREET MUSIC FESTIVAL

Memphis is, like Nashville, a town whose name is synonymous with good music. Elvis aside, R&B made Memphis (Booker T. Jones, Aretha Franklin and, um, Justin Timberlake all hail from there). This year's Beale Street Music Festival is a bit more diverse, offering tasty tuneage from pop-star-in-the-making Jason Mraz, plus usual suspects like Memphis native sons Big Star and the Bar-Kays. Canadian export Bryan Adams is also on the bill. Tickets cost $49.50 and the fest runs May 5-7. [http://www.memphisinmay.org/|www.memphisinmay.org].

__VIRGINIA__

VERIZON WIRELESS AMERICAN

MUSIC FESTIVAL

The Virginia Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau website touts this yearly four-day, 10-stage beachside party as "the premiere musical event on the East Coast!" We don't know about all that -- past performers include Hootie & the Blowfish, LeAnn Rimes, Goo Goo Dolls and Kansas -- but this will be the 11th time Verizon has put a ton of mainstream-friendly national and local rock, pop, country and blues acts on the sand. For more information on this year's installment, check [http://www.vbfun.com/|www.vbfun.com].

HAMPTON JAZZ FESTIVAL

This annual series of shows is a bit pricey at $50 per performance, but the Hampton Jazz Festival has a reputation for putting big names on stage. This year, for instance, features headliners Maze, B.B. King and Toni Braxton from June 23-25. [http://www.hamptoncoliseum.org/jazz|www.hamptoncoliseum.org/jazz].

ELLA FITZGERALD MUSIC FESTIVAL

Now settled into its new home at Christopher Newport University's Ferguson Center in Newport News, Va., this annual to-do serves as both entertainment and education for jazz fans. For 2006, the event features appearances by Branford Marsalis, Patti Austin & the Count Basie Orchestra, CNU Jazz Ensembles and more, and runs April 5-8. Ticket prices vary; for more information, go to [http://www.cnu.edu/fergusoncenter|www.cnu.edu/fergusoncenter].

__THE REST OF THE BEST__

· BAYFEST. Oct. 6-8. Blues, rock, pop. Downtown Mobile. [http://www.bayfest.com/|www.bayfest.com].

· PENSACOLA JAZZFEST. Early April. Jazz. Seville Square, Pensacola. Free. [http://www.jazzpensacola.com/|www.jazzpensacola.com].

· RIVERHAWK MUSIC FESTIVAL. Nov. 9-12. Country, folk, blues. Sertoma Ranch, Brooksville. [http://www.lindentertainment.com/|www.lindentertainment.com].

· SARASOTA BLUES FESTIVAL. Oct. 28. Sarasota Fairgrounds, Sarasota. $17-$22. [http://www.sarasotabluesfest.com/|www.sarasotabluesfest.com].

· SARASOTA JAZZ FESTIVAL. Early April. Jazz. Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, Sarasota. $32-$50 (per show); $250 (festival pass). [http://www.vanwezel.org/|www.vanwezel.org].

· SUNFEST. May 4-7. Rock, pop, reggae, southern rock. Flagler Drive, West Palm Beach. $17-$20 (per day), $35-$40 (full passes). [http://www.sunfest.com/|www.sunfest.com].

· SUWANNEE RIVER JAM. April 20-22. Country. Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park, Live Oak. $125-$200. [http://www.suwanneeriverjam.com/|www.suwanneeriverjam.com].

· SUWANNEE RIVER JUBILEE. June 14-17. Gospel. Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park, Live Oak. $10 (per night), $25 (pass). [http://www.stweartvarnado.com/suwannee.html|www.stweartvarnado.com/suwannee.html].

· TAMPA BAY BLUES FEST. May 5-7. Blues. Vinoy Waterfront Park, St. Petersburg. $50. [http://www.tampabaybluesfest.com/|www.tampabaybluesfest.com].

· THE FEST. Late fall. Punk, indie rock. Various venues, Gainesville. Lineup and tickets to be announced. [http://www.thefestfl.com/|www.thefestfl.com].

· BEAR ON THE SQUARE FESTIVAL. April 21-23. Bluegrass and old-time. Historic Public Square, Dahlonega. Free outdoor events. [http://www.dahlonega.org/|www.dahlonega.org].

· ATHENS HUMAN RIGHTS FESTIVAL. May 6-7. Political activists and musicians in a festival without corporate sponsorship. Downtown Athens. [http://www.athenshumanrightsfest.org/|www.athenshumanrightsfest.org].

· ATHFEST. June 21-25. Indie rock. Downtown Athens. Free. [http://www.athfest.com/|www.athfest.com]

· NATIONAL BLACK ARTS FESTIVAL. July 14-23. Jazz, world. Various Atlanta venues. [http://www.nbaf.org/|www.nbaf.org].

· GEORGIA MUSIC HALL OF FAME 10-YEAR ANNIVERSARY GALA. Sept. 21-23. Three days of Georgia musicians. Georgia Music Hall of Fame, Macon. Free. [http://www.gamusichall.com/|www.gamusichall.com].

· ATLANTIS MUSIC CONFERENCE. Oct. 4-7. Primarily rock showcase with industry conference. Various Atlanta venues. [http://www.atlantismusic.com/|www.atlantismusic.com].

· PICKIN' FOR MEMORY. June 22-24. Bluegrass. Sparta. $10-$35. [http://www.nkbma.com/|www.nkbma.com].

· POPPY MOUNTAIN BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL. Sept. 12-16. Bluegrass/newgrass. Moorehead. $15-$90. [http://www.poppymountainbluegrass.com/|www.poppymountainbluegrass.com].

· COUNTRY STAMPEDE. June 22-25. Country. Sparta. $45-$200. [http://www.countrystampede.com/|www.countrystampede.com].

· FRENCH QUARTER FESTIVAL. April 21-23. Jazz, Dixieland, Zydeco. French Quarter, New Orleans. $50-$60. [http://www.frenchquarterfestival.com/|www.frenchquarterfestival.com].

· MOFEST. April 28-30, May 5-6. Jazz, R&B, blues -- all New Orleans artists. Woldenberg Park, New Orleans. Free. [http://www.realneworleansmusic.com/|www.realneworleansmusic.com].

· BREAUX BRIDGE CRAWFISH FESTIVAL. First weekend of May. Cajun/Zydeco. Parc Hardy, Breaux Bridge. $5-$10 (daily), or $15 (three-day pass). [http://www.bbcrawfest.com/|www.bbcrawfest.com].

· MUDBUG MADNESS. Memorial Day weekend. Cajun, Zydeco. Festival Plaza, Shreveport. $3-$5. [http://www.mudbugmadness.com/|www.mudbugmadness.com].

· SATCHMO SUMMERFEST. Aug. 3-6. Jazz. Old U.S. Mint, French Quarter, New Orleans. Free. [http://www.satchmosummerfestival.com/|www.satchmosummerfestival.com].

· COLISEUM CRAWFISH FESTIVAL. April 20-23, April 27-30. Country. Mississippi Coast Coliseum, Biloxi. $10. [http://www.mscoastcoliseum.com/crawfish_fest_06.htm|www.mscoastcoliseum.com/crawfish_fest_06.htm].

· MISSISSIPPI DELTA BLUES & HERITAGE FESTIVAL. Sept. 15-17. Blues. Delta Blues Festival Park, Greenville. $15-$20. [http://www.deltablues.org/|www.deltablues.org].

· SUNFLOWER RIVER BLUES AND GOSPEL FESTIVAL. Aug. 11-13. Blues, gospel. Civic Auditorium, Clarksdale. [http://www.sunflowerfest.org/|www.sunflowerfest.org].

· TUPELO ELVIS FESTIVAL. June 2-4. Rock. Tupelo Fairgrounds, Tupelo. [http://www.tupeloelvisfestival.com/|www.tupeloelvisfestival.com].

· REDBUD BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL. April 13-16. Bluegrass. Saxapahaw. [http://www.redbudfestival.4t.com/|www.redbudfestival.4t.com].

· SHAKORI HILLS GRASSROOTS FESTIVAL. April 20-23. Jam, roots, jazz. Shakori Hills, Silk Hope. $15-$30 (daily), $65 (four-day pass). [http://www.shakorihills.org/|www.shakorihills.org].

· MAYFEST. May 12-13. Roots, bluegrass, jam. Smith Mountain Acoustic Revival Theatre, Connelly Springs. $17-$20. [http://www.charlottesmusic.com/|www.charlottesmusic.com].

· LAKE EDEN ARTS FESTIVAL. May 12-14, Oct. 20-22. Roots, R&B, country, world beat. Camp Rockmont, Black Mountain. [http://www.theleaf.com/|www.theleaf.com].

· NORTH CAROLINA STATE BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL. June 15-17. Bluegrass. Happy Holiday Campground, Cherokee. $30-$35 (daily), $75-$85 (three-day pass). [http://www.aandabluegrass.com/|www.aandabluegrass.com].

· CARNAVAL CAROLINA. June 18. Largest Hispanic festival on the East Coast. Metrolina Expo, Charlotte. [http://www.carnavalcarolina.com/|www.carnavalcarolina.com].

· APPALACHIAN SUMMER FESTIVAL. July 1-29. Roots, jazz, bluegrass, classical. Appalachian State University, Boone. [http://www.appsummer.org/|www.appsummer.org].

· MUSICFEST 'N SUGAR GROVE. July 14-15. Bluegrass, blues, old-time, Americana. Historic Cove Creek School Grounds, Boone. [http://www.covecreek.net/|www.covecreek.net].

· CHEROKEE BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL. Aug. 17-19. Top-notch bluegrass including Ralph Stanley, the Del McCoury Band, Rhonda Vincent. Happy Holiday Campground, Cherokee. $30-$35 (daily), $75-$85 (three-day pass). [http://www.aandabluegrass.com/|www.aandabluegrass.com].

· INTERNATIONAL FOLK FESTIVAL. Sept. 24. Indigenous music from 30-plus countries. Downtown Fayetteville. Free. [http://www.fayettevillenc.com/|www.fayettevillenc.com].

· RHOLETTER'S BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL. April 27-29. Bluegrass. Apple Valley Music Park, Long Creek. $8-$15 (daily), $30 (three-day pass). [http://www.rholettersbluegrass.com/|www.rholettersbluegrass.com].

· RIVERTOWN JAZZ & ARTS FESTIVAL. May 6. Jazz, blues. Downtown Conway. Free. [http://www.conwaymainstreet.com/|www.conwaymainstreet.com].

· AIKEN BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL. May 12-13. Bluegrass, roots. Downtown Aiken. [http://www.aikenbluegrassfestival.org/|www.aikenbluegrassfestival.org].

· ALBINO SKUNK BLUEGRASS. Oct. 6-7. Bluegrass, roots, jazz. Private property outside Greer. $16-$30 (daily), $40 (two-day pass). [http://www.albinoskunk.com/|www.albinoskunk.com].

· DOWNTOWN BLUES & ART FESTIVAL. Oct. 5-7. Blues. Downtown Rock Hill. [http://www.southfest.com/southcarolina.shtml|www.southfest.com/southcarolina.shtml].

· RIVERBEND FESTIVAL. June 9-17. Country, roots, R&B. Downtown Chattanooga. $27-$36 per concert. [http://www.riverbendfestival.com/|www.riverbendfestival.com].

· RALPH STANLEY FESTIVAL. May 25-27. Big bluegrass names. Hills of Home Park, Coeburn. [http://www.drralphstanley.com/events/festival/index.shtml|www.drralphstanley.com/events/festival/index.shtml].

· VIRGINIA BLUES & JAZZ FESTIVAL. June 9-10. Carla Cook, Buckwheat Zydeco, Corey Harris. Garth Newel Music Center, Warm Springs. [http://www.garthnewel.org/|www.garthnewel.org].

· NORFOLK JAZZ FESTIVAL. July 14-15. Jazz. Two Point Park, Norfolk. [http://www.festeventsva.org/|www.festeventsva.org].

· BLUES AT THE BEACH. Sept. 15-17. Local, regional and national blues artists. Beachstreet Palladium, Virginia Beach. [http://www.vbfun.com/|www.vbfun.com]."
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CITY STAGES

Birmingham's big bash occurs June 16-18 this year and features the following: Marty Stuart, Hank Williams Jr., Yellowcard, John Hiatt and the Allman Brothers Band, plus about 120-something other acts. It's quite worth the money, too ($28-$40), considering that most of these acts would charge you the same (if not more) individually. www.citystages.org.

W.C. HANDY MUSIC FESTIVAL

The father of the blues may be long gone, but his legacy remains. W.C. Handy, born in Florence, Ala., (of the musically historic Muscle Shoals area), is honored every year with the W.C. Handy Music Festival — known as "Handy Fest" to some. The fest takes place July 23-29 and features performers such as this year's headliner, Ellis Marsalis Jr. Ticket prices vary. www.wchandymusicfestival.org.

FLORIDA

LANGERADO

This early-March festival attracted some class-A talent for the 2006 edition, with headliners like the Flaming Lips and Wilco. The hangovers are still slowly going away, so who knows what's planned for next year over in Sunrise? There doubtless will be a ton of bands vying for a spot in the sun. www.langerado.com.

WINTER MUSIC CONFERENCE

This hipper-than-hip dance/electronica get-together goes down every March in Miami — where else? There are countless panels and performances for what is maybe the most important American confluence of cutting-edge electronic talent. Hell, even the hotel lobby has DJs scheduled for the entire time. You've got plenty of time to start working out now for 2007: A lot of this shit happens pool-side. www.wmcon.com.

SUWANNEE SPRINGFEST

This late-March festival in Live Oak spotlights the best of the best in the rural arts. Genres range from country to folk to bluegrass. This past year, highlights were Béla Fleck & the Flecktones and crunchy country-rock dudes Daddy. Just keep your Birkenstocks handy for 2007. www.magmusic.com.

TROPICAL HEATWAVE

May 20 is the date. The Cuban Club in Ybor City's the venue. This gathering, brought to us by the good folks at WMNF-FM (88.5), has an immense list of national and local artists of all styles. Included in the rundown? Summerbirds in the Cellar, a band so good we had to pick them as one of our Bands to Watch. See if they make your list. www.tropicalheatwave.org.

CLEARWATER JAZZ HOLIDAY

The lineup to this year's festival in Coachman Park is under airtight security until August, meaning we can only speculate about what jazzbos might be in town. The event goes down Oct. 19-22 and is — no shit — free to the public. Hit up the website come August and start planning your fall. www.clearwaterjazz.com.

FLORIDA FOLK FESTIVAL

This yearly event brings in an astounding amount of Floridian and national folk talent for a weekend of campin' 'n' pickin'. Everything goes down May 27-28 for this year's — the 54th — installment. Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park is the host, in a beautiful spot out in the middle of nowhere. Tickets will run you $15-$20 for a day and $35-$40 for the weekend. www.floridastateparks.org/folkfest.

FLORIDA MUSIC FESTIVAL

Downtown Orlando gets rocked by a (hopefully metaphorical) hurricane May 17-20 with this industry-heavy showcase spread over 15 local venues. Artist applications are still being sifted through, meaning even the promoters don't know who's going to show up yet. If a reason to visit Orlando exists, this might be it. www.floridamusicfestival.com.

JVC JAZZ FESTIVAL

Miami Beach gets a taste of this festival, which actually makes a handful of stops around the country. Everything goes down June 1-5. The lineup includes mostly crowd-pleasing types. The nice thing about it? Instead of paying one large all-week fee, you can pick and choose which shows to check out. www.festivalproductions.net.

GEORGIA

THE ATLANTA JAZZ FESTIVAL

For 31 days in May, eclectic jazz artists take over a variety of venues around town. The festival wraps up with an outdoor concert series and competition held Memorial Day weekend (May 27-29) in Piedmont Park. Most shows are free, but tickets for shows at Chastain Park and Spivey Hall must be purchased at the venues' box office or website. www.atlantafestivals.com.

BLIND WILLIE MCTELL BLUES FESTIVAL

For the 13th year, on May 20, the town of Thomson celebrates the legacy of Blind Willie McTell, the great blues guitarist born there in 1901. This year's lineup includes Georgia native and Allmans/Rolling Stone pianist Chuck Leavell, the Randall Bramblett Band, Sean Costello and more. Tickets will cost $20 in advance and $25 at the gate. www.blindwillie.com.

KENTUCKY

W.C. HANDY BLUES AND BARBECUE FESTIVAL

Also celebrating the great bluesman W.C. Handy, the town of Henderson hosts a weeklong blues cookout and concert from June 10-17. Peppering the lineup are acts such as Bettye LaVette, Joe Bonamassa, Wayne Baker Brooks, Ian Siegel Band, the Tommy Castro Band and more. Admission is free. www.handyblues.org.

LOUISIANA

NEW ORLEANS JAZZ & HERITAGE FESTIVAL

Not even one of the biggest natural disasters in America's history can stop the Crescent City's best-known music shindig. Count on another eclectic world-class lineup at this year's two-weekend installment (April 28-30 and May 5-7). Advertised performers thus far include: Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, Bruce Springsteen (fronting the Seeger Sessions Band), Dave Matthews Band, Etta James, Herbie Hancock, Keith Urban, Juvenile and a host of others. Tickets are $30 in advance and $40 at the gate for each weekend. www.nojazzfest.com.

VOODOO MUSIC EXPERIENCE

This more modern, rock-heavy fest was forced to split its two days between New Orleans and Memphis in 2005, its seventh year. That even half of the annual Halloween-weekend blowout went down in its hometown qualifies as an unmitigated triumph, however. Voodoo '05 happened just two months after Hurricane Katrina rendered much of the Big Easy uninhabitable, and still boasted the combination of big names (Nine Inch Nails, Queens of the Stone Age, the Bravery, Digable Planets, etc.) and beloved local talent for which it has become known. Details for this year's festival haven't yet been posted, but event producer Stephen Rehage has reportedly said it's a go for '06; check the website for emerging details. www.voodoomusicfest.com.

MISSISSIPPI

JUBILEE!JAM

Jackson welcomes all kinds of local and regional artists to the downtown stage June 17-18. There's definitely a focus on grimy, down-home tunes, but some college rock is in the mix as well. This is the festival's 19th edition and the list of past performers is a veritable who's who. North Mississippi Allstars, appropriately enough, is the anchor this year. www.mississippi.gov.

VICKSBURG RIVERFEST

John Lee Hooker Jr. headlines this combination of arts and crafts and music April 21-22. Vicksburg is situated on the lovely banks of the Mississippi River, making it a perfect spot for some outdoor grub and dancing. www.mississippi.gov.

NORTH CAROLINA

BELE CHERE FESTIVAL

Thrown amid the amiably earthy freak show that is Asheville, Bele Chere bills itself as "the Southeast's largest free street festival." Translation: They've got all the incense. In addition to the usual arts, crafts, goods and services, Bele Chere also boasts an impressive musical lineup. While the bill for this year's festival — scheduled for July 28-30 — has yet to be announced, the 2005 party featured more than 60 acts on a jam-heavy schedule that included the Marshall Tucker Band, the Codetalkers, Drive-By Truckers, Susan Tedeschi and John Hiatt & the North Mississippi Allstars, to name but a few. www.belecherefestival.com.

SMILEFEST

This weekend-long (June 2-4) jam and progressive-roots fest is on its 12th year, and continues to offer the sort of lineup that college heads, Americana/Appalachia fans and musical omnivores alike can't ignore. This time around, the Yonder Mountain String Band, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Keller Williams and Larry Keel are among the top attractions. www.smilefest.com.

EASTERN MUSIC FESTIVAL

Last year's program for this month-plus-long (June 24July 30 this year), pan-stylistic schedule of more than 70 concerts included such disparate artists as Branford Marsalis, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Bela Fleck, the Iguanas, Los Straitjackets and Christopher O'Riley, as well as more than 300 others from classical to pop to world beat. They might be cheating a bit when they call this Greensboro to-do a festival  it's more of a series — but it does bring the goods. All. Month. Long. This year's schedule has yet to be posted, so hit the website toward the end of April. www.easternmusicfestival.com.

MERLEFEST

Named after legendary country/roots musician Merle Watson, MerleFest offers a generation- and genre-crossing mix of traditional and contemporary roots music, bringing together the very best of bluegrass, contemporary acoustic, Celtic, blues, folk, old-time, Cajun, jazz, and singer/songwriter music, along with traditional dance and crafts. This year's installment, held at Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, takes place April 27-30. www.merlefest.org.

SOUTH CAROLINA

3 RIVERS MUSIC FESTIVAL

This three-day (April 21-23) downtown Columbia affair is put on by a nonprofit organization, and run by volunteers — proceeds go back into the festival's budget every year in the hope of creating a self-perpetuating event. It's also one of the most eclectic and populist gigs on this list, featuring everything from hard rock (Shinedown) to singer/songwriter fare (Delbert McClinton) to country (Shooter Jennings, Nickel Creek) to classic rock (Styx). www.3riversmusicfestival.org.

SOUTH CAROLINA STATE

BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL

If you're looking for good bluegrass, it really doesn't matter which Carolina you hit up — it seems many recognizable names make the scene at nearly every 'grass fest in both of 'em. Ralph Stanley & the Clinch Mountain Boys, Ronnie Reno & the Reno Tradition, Marty Raybon and Cherryholmes are among this event's headliners. As a bonus, it's held late in the year (Nov. 23-25), in case you just hate it when it's sticky. www.aandabluegrass.com.

TENNESSEE

BONNAROO MUSIC FESTIVAL

As a gem in the crown of our nation's stupidly named music fests (see Coachella, Langerado, Lollapalooza), Bonnaroo has become one of the safest bets for those who wonder: Is paying $184.50 for tickets, plus the $15 service fee, plus the dangers of contracting hepatitis from the portable toilets really worth it? To answer your question, ponder how much you love Radiohead, Tom Petty, Beck, Elvis Costello, Bright Eyes, Oysterhead and too many other top-shelf bands to list, and let your conscience be your guide. The three-day fest (June 16-18), as always, takes place in tiny Manchester, Tenn., and camping is included in the ticket price. www.bonnaroo.com.

RITES OF SPRING

Vanderbilt University produces some top-notch grads. Apparently, it's now producing some top-notch music fests as well. April 21-22, on the Alumni Lawn of the Nashville university's campus, hear Ben Folds, Secret Machines, My Morning Jacket and — for reasons we can't understand — mid-1990s chart-topping rap group Bone Thugs-N-Harmony. Maybe concert organizers don't want Rites of Spring to be just another rock-centric affair? Who knows. Tickets cost $25-$50. www.ritesofspring.com.

BEALE STREET MUSIC FESTIVAL

Memphis is, like Nashville, a town whose name is synonymous with good music. Elvis aside, R&B made Memphis (Booker T. Jones, Aretha Franklin and, um, Justin Timberlake all hail from there). This year's Beale Street Music Festival is a bit more diverse, offering tasty tuneage from pop-star-in-the-making Jason Mraz, plus usual suspects like Memphis native sons Big Star and the Bar-Kays. Canadian export Bryan Adams is also on the bill. Tickets cost $49.50 and the fest runs May 5-7. www.memphisinmay.org.

VIRGINIA

VERIZON WIRELESS AMERICAN

MUSIC FESTIVAL

The Virginia Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau website touts this yearly four-day, 10-stage beachside party as "the premiere musical event on the East Coast!" We don't know about all that — past performers include Hootie & the Blowfish, LeAnn Rimes, Goo Goo Dolls and Kansas — but this will be the 11th time Verizon has put a ton of mainstream-friendly national and local rock, pop, country and blues acts on the sand. For more information on this year's installment, check www.vbfun.com.

HAMPTON JAZZ FESTIVAL

This annual series of shows is a bit pricey at $50 per performance, but the Hampton Jazz Festival has a reputation for putting big names on stage. This year, for instance, features headliners Maze, B.B. King and Toni Braxton from June 23-25. www.hamptoncoliseum.org/jazz.

ELLA FITZGERALD MUSIC FESTIVAL

Now settled into its new home at Christopher Newport University's Ferguson Center in Newport News, Va., this annual to-do serves as both entertainment and education for jazz fans. For 2006, the event features appearances by Branford Marsalis, Patti Austin & the Count Basie Orchestra, CNU Jazz Ensembles and more, and runs April 5-8. Ticket prices vary; for more information, go to www.cnu.edu/fergusoncenter.

THE REST OF THE BEST

· BAYFEST. Oct. 6-8. Blues, rock, pop. Downtown Mobile. www.bayfest.com.

· PENSACOLA JAZZFEST. Early April. Jazz. Seville Square, Pensacola. Free. www.jazzpensacola.com.

· RIVERHAWK MUSIC FESTIVAL. Nov. 9-12. Country, folk, blues. Sertoma Ranch, Brooksville. www.lindentertainment.com.

· SARASOTA BLUES FESTIVAL. Oct. 28. Sarasota Fairgrounds, Sarasota. $17-$22. www.sarasotabluesfest.com.

· SARASOTA JAZZ FESTIVAL. Early April. Jazz. Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, Sarasota. $32-$50 (per show); $250 (festival pass). www.vanwezel.org.

· SUNFEST. May 4-7. Rock, pop, reggae, southern rock. Flagler Drive, West Palm Beach. $17-$20 (per day), $35-$40 (full passes). www.sunfest.com.

· SUWANNEE RIVER JAM. April 20-22. Country. Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park, Live Oak. $125-$200. www.suwanneeriverjam.com.

· SUWANNEE RIVER JUBILEE. June 14-17. Gospel. Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park, Live Oak. $10 (per night), $25 (pass). www.stweartvarnado.com/suwannee.html.

· TAMPA BAY BLUES FEST. May 5-7. Blues. Vinoy Waterfront Park, St. Petersburg. $50. www.tampabaybluesfest.com.

· THE FEST. Late fall. Punk, indie rock. Various venues, Gainesville. Lineup and tickets to be announced. www.thefestfl.com.

· BEAR ON THE SQUARE FESTIVAL. April 21-23. Bluegrass and old-time. Historic Public Square, Dahlonega. Free outdoor events. www.dahlonega.org.

· ATHENS HUMAN RIGHTS FESTIVAL. May 6-7. Political activists and musicians in a festival without corporate sponsorship. Downtown Athens. www.athenshumanrightsfest.org.

· ATHFEST. June 21-25. Indie rock. Downtown Athens. Free. www.athfest.com

· NATIONAL BLACK ARTS FESTIVAL. July 14-23. Jazz, world. Various Atlanta venues. www.nbaf.org.

· GEORGIA MUSIC HALL OF FAME 10-YEAR ANNIVERSARY GALA. Sept. 21-23. Three days of Georgia musicians. Georgia Music Hall of Fame, Macon. Free. www.gamusichall.com.

· ATLANTIS MUSIC CONFERENCE. Oct. 4-7. Primarily rock showcase with industry conference. Various Atlanta venues. www.atlantismusic.com.

· PICKIN' FOR MEMORY. June 22-24. Bluegrass. Sparta. $10-$35. www.nkbma.com.

· POPPY MOUNTAIN BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL. Sept. 12-16. Bluegrass/newgrass. Moorehead. $15-$90. www.poppymountainbluegrass.com.

· COUNTRY STAMPEDE. June 22-25. Country. Sparta. $45-$200. www.countrystampede.com.

· FRENCH QUARTER FESTIVAL. April 21-23. Jazz, Dixieland, Zydeco. French Quarter, New Orleans. $50-$60. www.frenchquarterfestival.com.

· MOFEST. April 28-30, May 5-6. Jazz, R&B, blues — all New Orleans artists. Woldenberg Park, New Orleans. Free. www.realneworleansmusic.com.

· BREAUX BRIDGE CRAWFISH FESTIVAL. First weekend of May. Cajun/Zydeco. Parc Hardy, Breaux Bridge. $5-$10 (daily), or $15 (three-day pass). www.bbcrawfest.com.

· MUDBUG MADNESS. Memorial Day weekend. Cajun, Zydeco. Festival Plaza, Shreveport. $3-$5. www.mudbugmadness.com.

· SATCHMO SUMMERFEST. Aug. 3-6. Jazz. Old U.S. Mint, French Quarter, New Orleans. Free. www.satchmosummerfestival.com.

· COLISEUM CRAWFISH FESTIVAL. April 20-23, April 27-30. Country. Mississippi Coast Coliseum, Biloxi. $10. www.mscoastcoliseum.com/crawfish_fest_06.htm.

· MISSISSIPPI DELTA BLUES & HERITAGE FESTIVAL. Sept. 15-17. Blues. Delta Blues Festival Park, Greenville. $15-$20. www.deltablues.org.

· SUNFLOWER RIVER BLUES AND GOSPEL FESTIVAL. Aug. 11-13. Blues, gospel. Civic Auditorium, Clarksdale. www.sunflowerfest.org.

· TUPELO ELVIS FESTIVAL. June 2-4. Rock. Tupelo Fairgrounds, Tupelo. www.tupeloelvisfestival.com.

· REDBUD BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL. April 13-16. Bluegrass. Saxapahaw. www.redbudfestival.4t.com.

· SHAKORI HILLS GRASSROOTS FESTIVAL. April 20-23. Jam, roots, jazz. Shakori Hills, Silk Hope. $15-$30 (daily), $65 (four-day pass). www.shakorihills.org.

· MAYFEST. May 12-13. Roots, bluegrass, jam. Smith Mountain Acoustic Revival Theatre, Connelly Springs. $17-$20. www.charlottesmusic.com.

· LAKE EDEN ARTS FESTIVAL. May 12-14, Oct. 20-22. Roots, R&B, country, world beat. Camp Rockmont, Black Mountain. www.theleaf.com.

· NORTH CAROLINA STATE BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL. June 15-17. Bluegrass. Happy Holiday Campground, Cherokee. $30-$35 (daily), $75-$85 (three-day pass). www.aandabluegrass.com.

· CARNAVAL CAROLINA. June 18. Largest Hispanic festival on the East Coast. Metrolina Expo, Charlotte. www.carnavalcarolina.com.

· APPALACHIAN SUMMER FESTIVAL. July 1-29. Roots, jazz, bluegrass, classical. Appalachian State University, Boone. www.appsummer.org.

· MUSICFEST 'N SUGAR GROVE. July 14-15. Bluegrass, blues, old-time, Americana. Historic Cove Creek School Grounds, Boone. www.covecreek.net.

· CHEROKEE BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL. Aug. 17-19. Top-notch bluegrass including Ralph Stanley, the Del McCoury Band, Rhonda Vincent. Happy Holiday Campground, Cherokee. $30-$35 (daily), $75-$85 (three-day pass). www.aandabluegrass.com.

· INTERNATIONAL FOLK FESTIVAL. Sept. 24. Indigenous music from 30-plus countries. Downtown Fayetteville. Free. www.fayettevillenc.com.

· RHOLETTER'S BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL. April 27-29. Bluegrass. Apple Valley Music Park, Long Creek. $8-$15 (daily), $30 (three-day pass). www.rholettersbluegrass.com.

· RIVERTOWN JAZZ & ARTS FESTIVAL. May 6. Jazz, blues. Downtown Conway. Free. www.conwaymainstreet.com.

· AIKEN BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL. May 12-13. Bluegrass, roots. Downtown Aiken. www.aikenbluegrassfestival.org.

· ALBINO SKUNK BLUEGRASS. Oct. 6-7. Bluegrass, roots, jazz. Private property outside Greer. $16-$30 (daily), $40 (two-day pass). www.albinoskunk.com.

· DOWNTOWN BLUES & ART FESTIVAL. Oct. 5-7. Blues. Downtown Rock Hill. www.southfest.com/southcarolina.shtml.

· RIVERBEND FESTIVAL. June 9-17. Country, roots, R&B. Downtown Chattanooga. $27-$36 per concert. www.riverbendfestival.com.

· RALPH STANLEY FESTIVAL. May 25-27. Big bluegrass names. Hills of Home Park, Coeburn. www.drralphstanley.com/events/festival/index.shtml.

· VIRGINIA BLUES & JAZZ FESTIVAL. June 9-10. Carla Cook, Buckwheat Zydeco, Corey Harris. Garth Newel Music Center, Warm Springs. www.garthnewel.org.

· NORFOLK JAZZ FESTIVAL. July 14-15. Jazz. Two Point Park, Norfolk. www.festeventsva.org.

· BLUES AT THE BEACH. Sept. 15-17. Local, regional and national blues artists. Beachstreet Palladium, Virginia Beach. www.vbfun.com.       0,0,10      13019834 1257425                          Cover Story: The Bests of the Fests 2006 "
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The highlight of the monthlong celebration is the three-day outdoor concert (May 27-29) at Piedmont Park. Among the plethora of performers are three jazz legends. Pianist McCoy Tyner, a member of the original groundbreaking John Coltrane Quartet, brings his trio to Piedmont Park. Donald Byrd was still in high school when he performed with Lionel Hampton and later joined Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers. And Grady Tate, who has drummed on hundreds of recordings for artists, ranging from Stan Getz to Tony Bennett to Aretha Franklin, brings his quintet to town. Other artists include renowned vocalist Carmen Lundy, the Yellowjackets and the Benny Golson Quartet. Aside from live music, the event will feature brunches, instructional workshops and youth jazz band competitions. So come out to Piedmont Park over Memorial Day weekend and experience what Mayor Shirley Franklin calls "one of the city's proudest traditions." By the way, did we mention it's free?

-- Noah Gardenswartz

Summer Film Series

For harried 21st-century workers, a brief respite in a cool, dark theater this summer may be as close as some of us get to a vacation. Some of the city's best film series are fortunately concentrated in summertime, beginning with the annual Atlanta Film Festival (www.atlantafilmfestival.com), June 9-17, featuring an array of shorts, local features and an especially promising crop of documentaries.

One of the best movie events because it capitalizes on the unbeatable combination of a big-city skyline and old-school movies is TCM's Screen on the Green (www.tcm.com/2006/screenonthegreen/index) in Piedmont Park, every Thursday in June, which kicks off with the Beatlemania classic A Hard Day's Night.

The Coca-Cola Summer Film Festival at the Fox Theatre (www.foxtheatre.org), June 1-Aug. 20, includes opening night Academy Award-winner Crash, with a sure-to-be-provocative post-screening discussion.

From Aug. 22-27, Cinefest and Eyedrum Art and Music Gallery will host the Atlanta Underground Film Festival (www.auff.org), which features locally made beach movie spoof Stomp! Shout! Scream!.

And finally, when it's hot outside, you want to see other people do all the work, and no one labors harder than the samurai featured in the High Museum's Rebel Samurai series June 2-30 (www.high.org), featuring new 35 mm prints of rare films.

-- Felicia Feaster

Atlanta Pride 2006

Oh, the people you'll meet at the 36th annual Atlanta Pride Festival (new.atlantapride.org), June 23-25, in Piedmont Park. Come to mingle with the 300,000-plus festival-goers, who give new meaning to diversity and know how to party. The 2006 theme, "pride 365 live. love. be," embodies the hope that "all Pride participants will take the strength, happiness and affirmation they get from Pride weekend and make it a part of their lives all year," says Donna Narducci, Atlanta Pride executive director. Live bands perform on the Coca-Cola stage from 1-10 p.m., vendors offer everything from beer and T-shirts to designer doggie duds, and the people-watching is unparalleled. The Pride Parade steps off at 1 p.m. Sunday from the MARTA Civic Center Station, and the Dyke March is Saturday at 6 p.m. Pride is Atlanta's ultimate "Come as you are" event. Atlanta Pride 2006. Free. Fri., June 23, 6-11 p.m.; Sat.-Sun., June 24-25, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Piedmont Park.

-- Sarah Winterfield

The Georgia Renaissance Festival

This 15th-century kingdom is more than swords, knights and stuff. Ten stages of regal entertainment feature such shows as the Washing Well Wenches, the Ten Penny Travelers (the noble breakdancers), and the Zucchini Brothers Danger Theatre. Then take in a show of jousting (the original extreme sport). If watching all this tom-foolery makes you hungry, there is food fit for royalty: turkey legs, fried cheese, Merlin's Magical Cinnamon Almonds, Scotch eggs and Dirt Cake. There are rides, as well: Columbus Ship, Catapulting Frogs and Jacob's Ladder, to name a few. But we suggest you take a whirl on them first before downing the noble delectables. $8.40-$16.95. Saturdays and Sundays through June 4. 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m. 6905 Virlyn B. Smith Road. Fairburn. 770-964-8575. www.garenfest.com.

-- Sonia Clark

Powers' Crossing Festival

Picture Martha Stewart, in all her glory, Southern-fried. This festival showcases artists and craftsmen from all around the country displaying and selling their work. There are also demonstrations on blacksmithing, the workings of a sorghum syrup mill and how to grind wheat in a grist mill. The festival, operated by a number of Coweta County nonprofit organizations, has a special children's park. Food, including vegan items, is provided by local church and civic groups. $2-$5. Sept. 2-4, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 4766 Highway 34 West, Newnan. 770-253-2011. newnan.com/cowetafestivals/powers.

-- Sonia Clark

National Black Arts Festival

The National Black Arts Festival, July 14-23, and the eighth annual Great Atlanta Music Festival will bring a variety of art and music to the city. Highlighting the Black Arts Festival will be the premier performance of "A Great and Shining Light," a musical tribute to Andrew Young by Hannibal Lokumbe. The work, which was commissioned by the festival, is the latest in a series by the Grammy Award-nominated Lokumbe to focus on the lives of Civil Rights leaders. The piece features Bernadine Mitchell, a 150-voice choir and a jazz quintet, and takes place July 14 at the Woodruff Arts Center. Tickets range from $31 to $100; for more info, go to www.nbaf.org. The Great Atlanta Music Festival, held in conjunction with the Black Arts Festival, will feature national and local blues acts performing free at Woodruff Park, July 21-23. Artists include Trudy Lynn, Lucky Peterson and Theodis Ealey. For more info, go to sweetauburn.com/musicfest.htm.

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-- Noah Gardenswartz

__Summer Film Series__

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-- Felicia Feaster

__Atlanta Pride 2006__

Oh, the people you'll meet at the 36th annual Atlanta Pride Festival ([http://new.atlantapride.org/|new.atlantapride.org]), June 23-25, in Piedmont Park. Come to mingle with the 300,000-plus festival-goers, who give new meaning to diversity and know how to party. The 2006 theme, "pride 365 live. love. be," embodies the hope that "all Pride participants will take the strength, happiness and affirmation they get from Pride weekend and make it a part of their lives all year," says Donna Narducci, Atlanta Pride executive director. Live bands perform on the Coca-Cola stage from 1-10 p.m., vendors offer everything from beer and T-shirts to designer doggie duds, and the people-watching is unparalleled. The Pride Parade steps off at 1 p.m. Sunday from the MARTA Civic Center Station, and the Dyke March is Saturday at 6 p.m. Pride is Atlanta's ultimate "Come as you are" event. Atlanta Pride 2006. Free. Fri., June 23, 6-11 p.m.; Sat.-Sun., June 24-25, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Piedmont Park.

-- Sarah Winterfield

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-- Sonia Clark

__Powers' Crossing Festival__

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-- Sonia Clark

__National Black Arts Festival__

The National Black Arts Festival, July 14-23, and the eighth annual Great Atlanta Music Festival will bring a variety of art and music to the city. Highlighting the Black Arts Festival will be the premier performance of "A Great and Shining Light," a musical tribute to Andrew Young by Hannibal Lokumbe. The work, which was commissioned by the festival, is the latest in a series by the Grammy Award-nominated Lokumbe to focus on the lives of Civil Rights leaders. The piece features Bernadine Mitchell, a 150-voice choir and a jazz quintet, and takes place July 14 at the Woodruff Arts Center. Tickets range from $31 to $100; for more info, go to [http://www.nbaf.org/|www.nbaf.org]. The Great Atlanta Music Festival, held in conjunction with the Black Arts Festival, will feature national and local blues acts performing free at Woodruff Park, July 21-23. Artists include Trudy Lynn, Lucky Peterson and Theodis Ealey. For more info, go to [http://sweetauburn.com/musicfest.htm|sweetauburn.com/musicfest.htm].

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The highlight of the monthlong celebration is the three-day outdoor concert (May 27-29) at Piedmont Park. Among the plethora of performers are three jazz legends. Pianist McCoy Tyner, a member of the original groundbreaking John Coltrane Quartet, brings his trio to Piedmont Park. Donald Byrd was still in high school when he performed with Lionel Hampton and later joined Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers. And Grady Tate, who has drummed on hundreds of recordings for artists, ranging from Stan Getz to Tony Bennett to Aretha Franklin, brings his quintet to town. Other artists include renowned vocalist Carmen Lundy, the Yellowjackets and the Benny Golson Quartet. Aside from live music, the event will feature brunches, instructional workshops and youth jazz band competitions. So come out to Piedmont Park over Memorial Day weekend and experience what Mayor Shirley Franklin calls "one of the city's proudest traditions." By the way, did we mention it's free?

-- Noah Gardenswartz

Summer Film Series

For harried 21st-century workers, a brief respite in a cool, dark theater this summer may be as close as some of us get to a vacation. Some of the city's best film series are fortunately concentrated in summertime, beginning with the annual Atlanta Film Festival (www.atlantafilmfestival.com), June 9-17, featuring an array of shorts, local features and an especially promising crop of documentaries.

One of the best movie events because it capitalizes on the unbeatable combination of a big-city skyline and old-school movies is TCM's Screen on the Green (www.tcm.com/2006/screenonthegreen/index) in Piedmont Park, every Thursday in June, which kicks off with the Beatlemania classic A Hard Day's Night.

The Coca-Cola Summer Film Festival at the Fox Theatre (www.foxtheatre.org), June 1-Aug. 20, includes opening night Academy Award-winner Crash, with a sure-to-be-provocative post-screening discussion.

From Aug. 22-27, Cinefest and Eyedrum Art and Music Gallery will host the Atlanta Underground Film Festival (www.auff.org), which features locally made beach movie spoof Stomp! Shout! Scream!.

And finally, when it's hot outside, you want to see other people do all the work, and no one labors harder than the samurai featured in the High Museum's Rebel Samurai series June 2-30 (www.high.org), featuring new 35 mm prints of rare films.

-- Felicia Feaster

Atlanta Pride 2006

Oh, the people you'll meet at the 36th annual Atlanta Pride Festival (new.atlantapride.org), June 23-25, in Piedmont Park. Come to mingle with the 300,000-plus festival-goers, who give new meaning to diversity and know how to party. The 2006 theme, "pride 365 live. love. be," embodies the hope that "all Pride participants will take the strength, happiness and affirmation they get from Pride weekend and make it a part of their lives all year," says Donna Narducci, Atlanta Pride executive director. Live bands perform on the Coca-Cola stage from 1-10 p.m., vendors offer everything from beer and T-shirts to designer doggie duds, and the people-watching is unparalleled. The Pride Parade steps off at 1 p.m. Sunday from the MARTA Civic Center Station, and the Dyke March is Saturday at 6 p.m. Pride is Atlanta's ultimate "Come as you are" event. Atlanta Pride 2006. Free. Fri., June 23, 6-11 p.m.; Sat.-Sun., June 24-25, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Piedmont Park.

-- Sarah Winterfield

The Georgia Renaissance Festival

This 15th-century kingdom is more than swords, knights and stuff. Ten stages of regal entertainment feature such shows as the Washing Well Wenches, the Ten Penny Travelers (the noble breakdancers), and the Zucchini Brothers Danger Theatre. Then take in a show of jousting (the original extreme sport). If watching all this tom-foolery makes you hungry, there is food fit for royalty: turkey legs, fried cheese, Merlin's Magical Cinnamon Almonds, Scotch eggs and Dirt Cake. There are rides, as well: Columbus Ship, Catapulting Frogs and Jacob's Ladder, to name a few. But we suggest you take a whirl on them first before downing the noble delectables. $8.40-$16.95. Saturdays and Sundays through June 4. 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m. 6905 Virlyn B. Smith Road. Fairburn. 770-964-8575. www.garenfest.com.

-- Sonia Clark

Powers' Crossing Festival

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-- Sonia Clark

National Black Arts Festival

The National Black Arts Festival, July 14-23, and the eighth annual Great Atlanta Music Festival will bring a variety of art and music to the city. Highlighting the Black Arts Festival will be the premier performance of "A Great and Shining Light," a musical tribute to Andrew Young by Hannibal Lokumbe. The work, which was commissioned by the festival, is the latest in a series by the Grammy Award-nominated Lokumbe to focus on the lives of Civil Rights leaders. The piece features Bernadine Mitchell, a 150-voice choir and a jazz quintet, and takes place July 14 at the Woodruff Arts Center. Tickets range from $31 to $100; for more info, go to www.nbaf.org. The Great Atlanta Music Festival, held in conjunction with the Black Arts Festival, will feature national and local blues acts performing free at Woodruff Park, July 21-23. Artists include Trudy Lynn, Lucky Peterson and Theodis Ealey. For more info, go to sweetauburn.com/musicfest.htm.

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Sun., June 11, noon; and Wed., June 14, 9:45 p.m., at Landmark Midtown Art Cinemas.

"MEDUSA" 3 stars. Part of the "Women in Crisis" program of shorts, this 40-minute film adapts a short play of the same name by Atlanta playwright Steve Yockey. Local actress Stacy Melich essentially delivers a long monologue (frequently talking over flashbacks and encounters with other characters) that circles ever closer to the details of a personal tragedy. "Medusa" makes a fine showcase for Melich's focus and range, but feels like material that belongs on the stage. Although it ends on an affecting note, the film puts our patience to the test as we await the revelation of the big secret.

Wed., June 14, 7:15 p.m., at Cinefest.

__POPE DREAMS 3 stars. The title's lame pun turns out to be the weakest link in an otherwise likable romance that plays like a rough draft of John Cusak's Say Anything. Initially, it appears to be a lighthearted teen date movie as a smart, beautiful girl starts dating Andy (Phillip Vaden), a "loser" heavy drummer who wants to take his dying mother to the Vatican. The youthful courtship and Andy's musical career develop in unexpected ways and the film features big-hearted performances from Julie Hagerty and Stephen Tobolowsky as Andy's parents. If some aspects of the resolution feel a little too good to be true, the film's bittersweet tone avoids a conventional Hollywood happy ending.
Thurs., June 15, 7:45 p.m.; and Sat., June 17, 2 p.m., at Landmark Midtown Art Cinemas.

__WAR AND TRUTH 3 stars. Michael Samstag's slick documentary initially offers a modern history of combat journalists, from World War II reporters to the "embedded" broadcasters of the current war in Iraq. The interviewees serve as evocative storytellers and the film contains shockingly grisly images of wartime realities, from the South Pacific to Baghdad, that photographers knew would never make the evening news but still deserved public showings.
Having paid an eloquent homage to the dedication of wartime reporters, the film then tries to argue the journalistic shortcomings in reporting the Iraq War. However passionate, this side of War and Truth never presents as powerful an argument as its firsthand accounts of reporting under fire.

Fri., June 16, 4:45 p.m., at GSU Speakers Auditorium.

__THE LITTLE DEATH 2 stars. The Atlanta Film Festival draws to a close with this black-and-white film noir doodle that proves a little too enigmatic for its own good. A quiet loner (Chris Butler) moves into a run-down Los Angeles apartment seeking the legacy of his long-lost father, but becomes the prime suspect in the murder of an upstairs neighbor. Director Morgan Nichols displays an eerie, deadpan style reminiscent of David Lynch or Barton Fink-era Coen Brothers, while Oded Cross and G. Maximilian Zarou provide some colorful supporting performances. Screenwriter Laura Lee Bahr reaches beyond her grasp as an actress by trying to play, in effect, two separate roles, and The Little Death's mysteries feel too closed-off to really get under our skin.
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Critics of the Atlanta Film Festival include former members of its own board of advisors. "There's a total lack of leadership at the film festival," says advertising executive Joel Babbitt, for four years a member of IMAGE's board of advisors. Babbitt recently resigned out of frustration, saying the board never met. "My resignation was a statement more than anything else," he says. "What's the sense of being a member when there's no meetings?"

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Wardell says IMAGE's appearance as a revolving door is not unusual. "It's par for the course to have turnover in the nonprofit arts world. There's a lot of burnout and a lot of people who feel underpaid and underappreciated. The strength of IMAGE is that it has survived. IMAGE is among an elite group of festivals. Of maybe 7,500 in the country, only a handful is more than 25 years old, let alone 30."

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Wardell says that hiring a director for next year's 31st Atlanta Film Festival is one of his first priorities. "The festival director job, I think, will be an easy decision to make. I already know people in the festival world I'm interested in, so there's an attractive pool of candidates."

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Wardell takes the helm at a time when digital filmmaking and the Internet are causing enormous changes in film festivals and video centers like IMAGE nationwide. Most notoriously, New York City's renowned Association of Independent Video and Filmmakers closed earlier this year. "When organizations like IMAGE were founded in the late 1970s, if you wanted to make film, you needed access to technology — cameras, lights, etc.," says Wardell. "Now I can shoot a film on my camcorder, edit it on a laptop, distribute it around the world by posting it on YouTube."

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As Atlanta starts to venture outdoors once again, the Festival season springs to life. The Atlanta Dogwood Festival marks the unofficial start of the Spring. Here's a list of the festivals and fairs that happen all year round. If you are looking for things to do this weekend, today or tomorrow. See our handy guide to the 5 things to do in Atlanta today. We've got critics and reader recommendations for live music, food and wine events, sports, free or those for the family. For a list of neighborhood centric-events or our page of Things to Do in ATL.

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